Nov 12, 2012 10:00am EST
today. senator bozeman u.n. this morning as a matter of fact. i came in last night and got caught in the fog trying to get in. you probably just drove down from maine, did in you? but we thank you for being here and rest assured all of the members will not only receive the full testimony of the commander but also from the questions that are going to be given here -- we are webcasting as well so folks will be able to see it streaming live and also it will be stored on the internet so folks can get a look and see for themselves. and i've got a full statement that i want to enter into the record, but i do want to extend a very warm welcome to your new commander. we are glad to have you. it is a pleasure to meet you this morning. the 2012-13 national commander james koutz. we are proud to have you with us today and we look forward to your testimony and learning from you where the legion stands on your legislative agenda. i also want to welcome the legion's of delivery that is here as well. my friends from florida to i had a chance to visit with this morning at breakfast very briefly.
Nov 12, 2012 8:00pm EST
earlier on preventing civilian casualties. a u.n. report came out today that talked about this is the fifth year in a row where civilian casualties in afghanistan have risen and while isaf caused casualties are decreasing, civilian casualties are on the rise. how does that translate into how the campaign is working? do you want to see a few remarks? there is omore on the war. we would like to open it up unless vernon has something to say. >> i am good. >> we have any questions? -- and do you have any questions? i guess we should use the microphone. please, go ahead. >> in your book, it was mentioned that petraeus wanted to be chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, but he was told that no way he was going to become joint chairman. could you tell us why he could not be joint chief of staff chairman if he was this good? >> that is a great question. he was not considered for the position as we rode in the book. in part it was because the rumor has it or the sources which i have which are second hand, washington is only big enough for one superstar and david petraeus is not it.
Nov 30, 2012 2:00pm EST
the nuclear option when he argued for people to suggest that you can read the rules to change the rules is un-american. the only way to change the role is to a rule that says to change a role in the senate's prose requires 67 votes. you cannot do it with 60 or with 51. i agree with senator reid in thousand 5 that the promise of the senate majority leader harry reid's actions are against the will of the american people and the intent of our founders. on april 13, 2005, senator barack obama argued that removing the filibuster would cause more partisanship. he said -- the american people want less partisanship but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority ends the filibuster that they choose to change the rules and and democratic debate. the fighting, bitterness, and gridlock will get worse. senator chuck schumer of new york argued on may 10, 2005 -- the basic made up of our senate is at stake. the checks and balances that americans prize are at stake. the idea of bipartisanship we have to come together. you cannot as a lamb everything through because to have a narrow majority is at st
Nov 2, 2012 10:30pm EDT
was un-american. there are a lot of people in ohio that think it was very much an american, pro-american vote and they're going to reward brown for that >> let's go back to our ohio line. jim is an independent. you're on with congressman tim ryan. >> good morning, congressman ryan. i was raised in akron, left goodyear to teach in 1976. now i live in stark county and i drive a jeep and i'm a supporter of senator brown and our president. and i met you at an sb-5 rally back last year. i was very sorry, of course john boccieri, who i think you know pretty well, is no longer serving us but i hope he'll be back. in line with that, the redistricting issue too in ohio. i wish yud speak a little bit to the pathology of how these districts are being gerrymandered and -- specifically in -- an issue two in ohio. >> we're supporting issue two, i'm supporting issue two which creates a citizen panel to redraw the congressional districts and the legislative districts. >> is that on the ballot as well? >> it's on the ballot as well. it takes the pen out of the hands of politicians, both democrat